Author: Dan Bacher

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Did Jerry Brown’s campaign launder dirty money from big oil?

by Dan Bacher The California Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) announced  that it has opened an investigation into the California Democratic Party in response to a report by a prominent consumer group claiming that the party acted as a “laundry machine” to funnel donations from oil, energy and utility companies to Brown’s 2014 election campaign.  In her letter to the Santa Monica-based Consumer Watchdog, Galena […]

September 29th

Jerry Brown calls for fast-tracking of river flow agreements to build his Delta Tunnels

By Dan Bacher As The Winnemem Wintu Tribe proceed on their historic 300-mile long Run4Salmon from Vallejo to the McCloud River, Governor Jerry  Brown is calling for the expediting of river flow agreements in order to fill his $60 billion Delta Tunnels for exporting more water to corporate agribusiness interests and Southern California water agencies. “State Water Board staff recently released a […]

September 21st

Jerry Brown’s Delta Tunnels would need $6.5 billion taxpayer subsidy

By Dan Bacher Proponents of the giant Delta Tunnels claim that the project’s cost will be covered by the beneficiaries, but new documents reveal that project proponents could put the federal and state taxpayers on the hook for $6.5 billion in subsidies for the controversial water diversion proposal. Documents unveiled in a recent Public Records Act request from the California Department of Water Resources […]

September 16th

Today! Cali residents can question Metropolitan Water District about Delta Tunnels/Waterfix plan

By Dan Bacher Delta residents will have a great opportunity to ask the major Delta Tunnels proponent and Delta islands purchaser, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, some tough questions, in Stockton on September 15. Restore the Delta (RTD) encourages you to attend. See the meeting details below. Governor Jerry Brown is currently promoting […]

September 15th

Big agriculture backs down from attack on Cali fishing

By Dan Bacher In a big victory for fishing groups who were mobilizing for a huge turn out of anglers at the California Fish and Game Commission meeting in Folsom on August 25, Stewart Resnick’s Coalition for a Sustainable Delta Astroturf group and their water contractor allies withdrew their petition to increase bag limits and […]

September 12th

Obama admin blocks DAPL pipeline pending review

By Dan Bacher Just minutes after the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ruled against the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe today, three federal agencies stepped in to block the Dakota Access Pipeline “pending a thorough review and reconsideration of the process”. In a joint press release, the Department of Justice, Department of the Army, and […]

September 9th

Western States Petroleum Association wins the prestigious “Scummy” Award

by Dan Bacher   The Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA), the lobbying organization for Big Oil in Arizona, California, Nevada, Oregon and Washington, received the prestigious “Scummy Award” from the environmental group “Stop Fooling California” (stopfoolingca.org) on June 17 for “fighting for the oil industry’s right to pollute.” In every edition of Stop Fooling California’s “The Crude Truth” newsletter, the […]

June 18th

Cali county voters pass fracking ban

By Dan Bacher The voters in Butte County, California approved a fracking ban, Measure E, by an overwhelming 71 percent on June 7. Butte is the fourth California county to ban the environmentally destructive and dangerous method of oil extraction, according to a statement from Frack-Free Butte County,  the campaign organized by the Citizens Action Network (CAN), in coordination with the Butte Environmental […]

June 10th

Delta tunnels plan still makes zero sense

By Dan Bacher The state and federal governments pleaded their case for Governor Jerry Brown’s controversial Delta Tunnels plan in testimony submitted to the State Water Resources Control Board on May 31 and in a media teleconference held on June 1, claiming that the planned new water diversion points won’t endanger other water users. The […]

June 1st

Offshore fracking returns to Cali. Thanks, Obama?

By Dan Bacher Claiming that fracking poses no significant impact to the environment, Obama administration officials on May 27 finalized their plans to allow oil companies to resume offshore fracking and acidizing  in California’s Santa Barbara Channel. The announcement from the two agencies responsible for oil drilling, the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Management (BOEM) and the […]

May 28th

Court rules against Jerry Brown’s Delta tunnels plan

By Dan Bacher In a favorable decision for Delta advocates, Sacramento Superior Court Judge Michael P. Kenny on May 18 issued a complex 73-page ruling on challenges to the Delta Stewardship Council’s Delta Plan, a plan that embraces Governor Jerry Brown’s California Water Fix to Build the Delta Tunnels. Although the decision upheld the Council’s regulatory authority, Kenny said the […]

May 19th